Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Housing & Environment
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To accept the allocation of £1,662,116 from the DLUHC Council Tax Support Fund to support economically vulnerable households in with council tax payments from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.
To accept the proposed method of distributing the CTSF outlined in the accompanying report.
Impact On Wards
The Council Tax Support Fund will support economically vulnerable households across the city with council tax payments.
Financial and procurement implications
Funding from Government will total £1,662,116 and this will be distributed across Council Tax Support Recipients in Leeds.
The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment has agreed to:-
Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
If the decision has not been published in the List of Forthcoming Key Decisions for at least 28 clear days, the reason why it would be impracticable to delay the decision:: Approval is also sought under general exception to waive the usual period of 28 days on the list of key decisions as any delay implementing the decision will mean the Council would not be able to notify residents of their entitlement to this additional financial support in their March bills as set out in the Government guidance. The delay would also likely result in additional costs for the Council as 36,388 households would potentially require a duplicate Council Tax bill.
If exempt from Call-In, the reason why Call-In would prejudice the interests of the Council or the public:: The decision can be exempt from call-in on the grounds of urgency. If the decision were to be delayed by the operation of the calling-in mechanism the Council would not be able to notify residents of their entitlement to this additional financial support as set out in the Government guidance. The delay would also likely result in additional costs for the Council as 36,388 households would potentially require a duplicate Council Tax bill.
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Contact: David Fryer, Head of Welfare and Benefits 0113 3788395 Email: David.Fryer@leeds.gov.uk.
Publication date: 25/01/2023
Date of decision: 02/02/2023